OECD and Israel’s “tourist” colonization of Syria’s Golan
Charlotte Silver, The Electronic Intifada, 25 October 2010
|Israeli tourists visit an abandoned army post from the 1967 war in the occupied Golan Heights. (Moti Milrod/MaanImages)
On 20 and 21 October, the 86th session of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tourism committee was held in Jerusalem. Leading up to the conference, there was conjecture on how the member countries in attendance would handle Israel’s tourism policies regarding the occupied territories: the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights. Read more…
18 September 2010
Your Excellency Angel Gurría
Secretary General of OECD
Cc: OECD Member States
The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), a broad coalition of the largest civil society political parties, mass organizations, networks, and trade unions, strongly condemns the decision by OECD to hold its annual Tourism Committee Conference in October in Jerusalem. The conference comes at a time when Israel is gradually ethnically cleansing the Naqab (Negev) desert, the Jordan Valley, and occupied East Jerusalem, as in the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, and continuing its construction of its illegal colonial settlements and wall on occupied Palestinian land. Holding the conference in Jerusalem, in spite of this reality of Israel’s grave violation of international law, will be regarded by an overwhelming majority of Palestinians, and people of conscience around the world as a decisive and far-reaching act of complicity in rewarding and perpetuating Israel’s occupation, colonization and apartheid against the Palestinian people. It will further entrench the culture of impunity that has enabled Israel to escalate its commission of war crimes and what is described by some leading international law experts as a prelude to genocide against Palestinians in the illegally besieged and occupied Gaza Strip. The BNC, therefore, calls upon the OECD Tourism Committee to respect international law and relocate the conference out of Israel. Read more…
EU Considering Aid to Israeli Military
By David Cronin
BRUSSELS, Jun 18, 2010 (IPS) – A leading Israeli supplier of warplanes used to kill and maim civilians in Gaza is in the running for two new scientific research grants from the European Union.
Israel’s attacks on Gaza in late 2008 and 2009 provided its air force with an opportunity to experiment with state-of-the-art pilotless drones such as the Heron. Although human rights groups have calculated that the Heron and other drones killed at least 87 civilians during that three-week war, EU officials have tentatively approved the release of fresh finance to the Heron’s manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Read more…
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently announced that Jerusalem will be hosting its annual Tourism Committee Conference in October of this year. This will be the first OECD event held in Israel since it was welcomed into the prestigious economic consortium in May. It will also be the first time ever that the Tourism Committee Conference is held outside of Paris. Read more…
Israel’s accession to the OECD: another failure of human rights in the international community
Middle East Monitor
Tuesday, 15 June 2010 14:30
By Seyfeddin Kara The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), one of the most prestigious economic clubs in the world, was founded in 1961. It currently has 31 member states, most of them EU countries and other developed countries, including the USA. The OECD maintains 60 percent of the world’s wealth. The existence of the organization is a controversial issue as the concept originated in 1948 with the aim of overseeing the distribution of the post-World War II Marshall Plan. Read more…
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“No to the renewal of the EU-Israel Action Plan!”
“Suspend the EU-Israel Trade Association Agreement!”
“Call off Israel’s accession to OECD!”
Occupied Palestine, 5 June 2010 – The European Union is set to renew this month the EU-Israel Action Plan as Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip enters its 43rd year. The Plan was first adopted in 2005 to “fulfill the provisions of the [EU-Israel] Association Agreement, build ties in new areas and encourage and support Israel’s objectives for further integration into European economic and social structures.” The EU-Israel Association Agreement forms the legal basis for this relationship. Article 2 of the Agreement states that internal and external policies must be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles. The EU is in violation of its own rules by adopting a business as usual approach with Israel.
The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) is appalled by the EU’s blatant refusal to hold Israel to account for its persistent violations of human rights and international law. The murder of human rights activists on board of the Free Gaza flotilla is only the latest in an ever-growing list of Israel’s abuses. Enough! Read more…